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His Constant Example of Gentleness

It was in Bhatinda Math during Kartik in 2004. One devotee was engaged to remove flies from Srila Gurudeva's transcendental body with a small fan during first Yam session. On one day that devotee didn't come, so I was requested to do this service. When I sat next to Srila Gurudeva on the stage I saw how He was completely sincerely performing His devotional practice as a practitioner, as a disciple of His Gurudev, not having any kind of false pride of being "Guru, sitting above of so many disciples," not in the least.

So, I was removing flies with the fan, then at one time two of them came on different parts of Srila Gurudeva's shining transcendental body. With a bit of dissatisfaction on them and with a desire to remove them both at the same time I used a little bit more force to remove them, perhaps even with harshness or hostility. Srila Gurudev noticed it and looked at me with a bit of dissatisfaction. Almost immediately after that, that original devotee came and I was removed from the service and he continued. I understood that I didn't do something in a right way.

On the same day in the evening, there was general darshan of Srila Gurudev after arati in His room and I was sitting next to Him. He was speaking to some devotees and one devotee remarked that there are many flies over here. Then Gurudev smiled and said: "they are also devotees" and made a sidelong-glance towards me.  I understood I should have removed them gently, not with hostility.

—Madan Gopal Das (Slovenia)



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